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Swegan to leave BGSU for post at Youngstown PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Staff Writer   
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 10:18
Gary Swegan, the director of admissions at Bowling Green State University, is leaving to take a job at Youngstown State University.
Swegan will start as the chief enrollment officer with the title of associate vice president for enrollment planning and management.
"This is an exciting opportunity for me," he said.
He will be working in a newly created position with a new president, Randy J. Dunn, who was just hired in July.
Swegan said in the new position he will be part of the president's cabinet and will report both to Jack Fahey, vice president for Student Affairs, and to the president himself. This will enhance his "ability to effect change and get things done that need to be done," Swegan said.
In a press release from Youngstown State, Dunn stated: "Gary's vast experience and proven track record in higher education admissions and enrollment management makes him the ideal candidate to lead the effort to increase both the quantity and quality of the student population at YSU."
Fahey said in the release: "Gary's successes in collecting and analyzing data, developing a diverse and motivated staff, and implementing creative and strategic enrollment initiatives are all important characteristics of what YSU needs in the leader of our enrollment initiatives."
Swegan has worked for BGSU for 24 years, dating back to his days as an undergraduate. Aside from a two-year stint in his career at Kent State, he's worked for BGSU. In 1989, he started working for BGSU full time.
He came to Bowling Green from Berea, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in sports management in 1986, and then with a masters in College Student Personnel in 1988.
He's been director of admissions since 2000. He said he is proud that during his tenure the university has been able to grow its enrollment, though that trend has been less evident in recent years.
When he started he said the enrollment was just over 18,000, and that has increased to 21,000, undergraduate and graduate. Youngstown State has an enrollment of just under 15,000.
The diversity of BGSU student population has also increased during that period.
That diversity is not only ethnic and racial, but also geographic. Multicultural students represented 8 percent of the student body when he started, and now represent close to 20 percent. Students attending from out of state has grown from 9 percent to over 14 percent.
This year the size of the freshman class declined but "we brought in the most academically qualified class" in the university's history, Swegan said.
"The university has a different face then when I started," Swegan said. The Youngstown position "is a tremendous professional opportunity. I can go test my myself in ways I haven't been tested."
Provost Rodney Rogers said the Swegan "has served our institution very well."
Rogers said Swegan worked closely with the advisory group of high school guidance counselors. "Many people would say Gary was Mr. BGSU, the face of BGSU for that audience."
"I think when you have one of your alums leading the admission and recruiting efforts that speaks well to students and their families," he said. "He can articulate the value of a Bowling Green education."
The move come at a fortuitous time in Swegan's life. His wife, Sue, teaches at Conneaut Elementary and plans to retire at the end of the school year.
Both their children, daughter Sarah, and son Scott, attended BGSU. His daughter has graduated and works in the development office of the United Way of Greater Toledo, and his son expects to graduate in December.
Swegan said that the family will continue to live in Bowling Green. "This will still be our home base."
Rogers said the search will start with the imminent announcement of an interim director of admissions.
He said given "BGSU has a strong reputation... and the investments we're making in physical space and launching new academic programs... it becomes an attractive position for someone to come to."

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